Issue 42, August 2007

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

Guest Editors: Anne Brewster and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

Issue 42 of Australian Humanities Review comprises two sections. The main section, titled Approaching Whiteness, includes seven essays and interviews, is edited by Anne Brewster and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, who provide a detailed editorial in their Introduction. The issue also includes an independent Reviews section.

Approaching Whiteness

Introduction to Approaching Whiteness” by Anne Brewster and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

Personal Reflections on Whiteness and Three Film Projects” by Rolf de Heer

A Sign of the Crimes”: Adam Hill political artist, visionary and critic of Australian whiteness” – an interview with Vicki Grieves

Aboriginal Children” by Philip Morrissey

Kin-fused Reconciliation: Bringing them Home, Bringing Us Home” by Fiona Probyn-Rapsey

White Historicide and the Returns of the Souths of the South” by Joseph Pugliese

Who is the white subject? reading, writing, whiteness” by Alison Ravenscroft



Kim Humphery reviews The Ethics of Waste: How We Relate to Rubbish by Gay Hawkins

In “Ways of Thinking and Ways of Being: Communicating Culture in an Aboriginal Community” Virginia Watson reviews Shimmering Screens: Making Media in an Aboriginal Communityby Jennifer Deger

Helen Hewitt provides a comparative review of Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women by Joseph Wiesenfarth and ‘Conversation Piece’ in Stravinsky’s Lunch by Drusilla Modjeska.


The Eco Humanities Corner

The literature of the ecological humanities is widely dispersed and growing rapidly. In this issue of the ‘Ecological Humanities Corner’ we bring you a set of review essays and reviews that cover a cross-section of interesting new work. We do not usually publish reviews, but from time to time it is important to signal some of the new trends and issues, and to bring key texts into the limelight. The books and essays under consideration here all engage Australia in wider contexts that include place and place-making, science and nationhood, bio-genetic commoditisation, eco-criticism and nature writing, musical ecology, and the romantic roots of Antipodean sensibilities.

Review essays:

Libby Robin “The Problematic Pastoral: Ecocriticism in Australia”: a review of C. A. Cranston and Robert Zeller (eds.) The Littoral Zone, 2007.

Saskia Beudel “Kim Mahood’s Evolving Geographies: a review of Kim Mahood, Craft for a Dry Lake, 2000 and other writing

Stuart Cooke “Remembering Romanticism, Negating Negativity: on Kate Rigby’s Ecopoetics”: a review of Kate Rigby, Topographies of the Sacred, 2004.

Thom van Dooren “Sheep Futures”: a review of Sarah Franklin Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy, 2007.

Val Plumwood “Human Exceptionalism and the Limits of Animals”: a review of Raymond Gaita, The Philosopher’s Dog, 2005

Heather Goodall “Water Literatures”: a review of Amita Bavaskar (ed) Waterscapes, 2007.


Val Plumwood on Deborah Rose, Reports from a Wild Country, 2005

Cameron Muir on Manoa (Special Australian Issue, 2007)

Emily O’Gorman on Libby Robin, How a Continent Created a Nation, 2007

Natasha Fijn on Adrian Franklin, Animal Nation, 2006

Natasha Fijn on Graham Harvey, Animism: Respecting the Living World, 2006

Deborah Rose on Fiona Magowan, Melodies of Mourning, 2007

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